26 March 2024

Neo-Nazi letterbox drop in Wagga calls for 'white Australian' recruits

| Chris Roe
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Neo-Nazi leader and founder of the European Australian Movement (EAM) Thomas Sewell. Photo: Telegram.

A neo-Nazi group has been littering letterboxes in Wagga’s suburbs with recruitment flyers seeking to build a “politicised white Australian community”.

A resident has shared photos of the flyer they received in their private letterbox close to the CBD on Monday morning (March 25), declaring that “we need to call out these a—holes!”.

Residents in South Wagga and Lake Albert also reported receiving racist material over the weekend and two young men were seen distributing the flyers.

A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed that they are investigating the matter.

“Between 3pm on (Sunday 24 March 2024) and 3pm on (Monday 25 March 2024), police were told pamphlets containing offensive material were distributed to Kindcaid and Best Street in Wagga Wagga and Main Street and Brunskill Street, Lake Albert,” they confirmed in a statement.

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The photocopied A4 sheet is from the European Australian Movement (EAM) and is identical to others that have been disseminated in other communities across Australia in the past few years.

The EAN is a known neo-Nazi group with links to the National Socialist Network, The Australia Proud Boys and the Scandinavian Nordic Resistance Movement.

A copy of the neo-Nazi flyer was distributed in Wagga. Photo: Supplied.

The white supremacist message calls for “all white Australians” to join a local network and to download a link to the encrypted messaging platform Telegram.

“Our mission is simple – the preservation and advancement of white people in Australia,” declared the flyer.

“We are building a network of white Australians across every city, suburb and town who are against the systematic replacement and destruction of white Australians.”

The ‘Great Replacement’ is a far-right racist conspiracy theory that claims non-white peoples are demographically and culturally replacing white European populations.

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The EAN was founded by well-known neo-Nazi leader Thomas Sewell, who was convicted last year for his role in a violent attack on a group of hikers in Victoria’s Cathedral Ranges state park in 2021.

Sewell and around a dozen others wearing masks attacked the hikers as they sheltered in their car, threatening them with knives and taking their phones.

He and his accomplice Jacob Hersant were supported by known extremists in court and Hersant performed a Nazi salute as he left.

Sewell received a 37-day jail term, reckoned as time served, and on Friday (22 March) Victorian prosecutors launched an appeal to lengthen the sentence.

In January, the neo-Nazi leader was intercepted by police at a Sydney train station as he and a large group of men in black, some wearing balaclavas, attempted to enter the city where Australia Day events were underway.

Members of the National Socialist Network marched in Ballarat in December 2023. Photo: Twitter/randal_m_smith

In Ballarat last year, a group of neo-Nazis in balaclavas marched through the city on the 3 December anniversary of the 1854 Eureka rebellion chanting “Australia is for the white man”.

It is now unlawful in Australia to perform the Nazi salute in public or to publicly display, or trade in, Nazi hate symbols under legislation introduced in January.

The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Prohibited Hate Symbols and Other Measures) seeks to stamp out the display of symbols that glorify the horrors of the Holocaust and terrorist acts.

Anyone with information on the dissemination of neo-Nazi material in the Riverina is urged to call police, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information is treated in strict confidence.

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